“Stop the bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quick and save lives. Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until medical care is available. Here are the actions you can take to save a life:
Compress – Find where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, steady pressure to bleeding site with your hands.
Hemostatic gauze – For wounds in a junctional area (groin, armpit or neck) pack with gauze and hold steady pressure for 3 minutes.
Tourniquet – If extremity wounds don’t stop bleeding with pressure apply a tourniquet 3-4 inches above the wound. Avoid placing over joints. Wrap, Wind, Secure.
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